College of Arts and Sciences

Ancient Studies

Distinguished Lecturer Series

The Distinguished Lecturer Series seeks to provide a venue for faculty and students working on various areas of antiquity to explore common interests. The Program normally invites two major scholars a year whose interests cross traditional disciplinary boundaries. The scholars are chosen by a formal nomination process from the faculty. For the process, each nomination shall be a co-nomination by faculty members from at least two different departments. The lectures are of broad interest to students and faculty members. Each visitor will present a public lecture and meet with interested students and faculty during his or her visit.

Distinguished Lecturers (2015-2016 academic year)

Fall 2015

Shane Butler
Johns Hopkins, Classics
October 15, 5 p.m.
Sycamore Hall 103

"Homer's Deep"
Achilles, in his anguish, stares out from the Trojan shore. What does he see, in the “wine-dark” sea? For an answer, we embark on an unexpected journey, via the Italian Renaissance, to Victorian Britain, where John Addington Symonds looked back to Ancient Greece in order to look forward to the liberation of “unspeakable” love. Along the way, Prof. Butler offers a manifesto for a “Deep Classics,” which finds in the study of antiquity, so called, a meditation on the problem of time itself.

Spring 2016

Oliver Taplin
Oxford, Classics

April 18, 5 p.m.

Past Distinguished Lecturers:

  • Willeke Wendrich (UCLA)
  • William Harris (Columbia)
  • Richard Talbert (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)
  • Dale Kinney (Bryn Mawr College)
  • Susan E. Alcock (University of Michigan)
  • Shadi Bartsch (University of Chicago)
  • Mary T. Boatwright (Duke)
  • Glen W. Bowersock (Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton)
  • Alan Cameron (Columbia)
  • John Dillon (Trinity College, Dublin)
  • Katherine Dunbabin (McMaster)
  • Robin Lane Fox (Oxford)
  • Christopher Gill (University of Exeter, UK)
  • Maud Gleason (Berkeley)
  • Fritz Graf (Ohio State University)
  • A. A. Long (Berkeley)
  • Joseph Manning (Yale)
  • Ian Morris (Stanford)
  • Josiah Ober (Stanford University)
  • James Porter (California, Irvine)
  • Richard Saller (Standford)
  • Brent Shaw (Princeton)
  • Lawrence Stager (Harvard
  • Raymond Van Dam (Michigan)
  • Heinrich von Staden (Institute of Advanced Study, Princeton)